Film Review | A Teacher by Hannah Fidell

a teacher I was fortunate enough to attend the Loft Film Fest in Tucson, AZ this past weekend for their screening of A Teacher with writer/director Hannah Fidell. This was Fidell’s first feature length film and in addition to being screened at various international film festivals, it won the SXSW Film Festival‘s 2013 Emergent Narrative Woman Director Award. I had seen a trailer for A Teacher and was really looking forward to it. It was not entirely what I was hoping for, but the film was fairly well done.

There were some well executed shots and sequences, but overuse of ‘jumpy camera’ took away from the overall picture. The music for this film was excellent. It matched the scenes really well and helped to strengthen the moods. When the film began, the teacher and student were already romantically involved. I would have liked to see more of the development of that relationship, which was fairly realistic, but somewhat flat – as were other characters. Lindsay Burdge (the teacher) did a great job with some really heartfelt scenes and was definitely the highlight of the show. She has already been in a few other independent films and has several currently in post-production that I’ll be checking up on. Overall, this movie was fair – I’d buy the soundtrack instead of the film. This independent film is available to rent or buy digitally on Amazon, but does not yet seem to be available on DVD. For more info, read Tucson Weekly’s article: An Interview with ‘A Teacher’ Director Hannah Fidell.


About amy de simone
Amy is an active volunteer, traveler and photographer. She is interested in art, libraries, museums and nonprofits. She holds an M.A. in Library & Information Studies and a B.A. in Italian Language & Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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